Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) presented by Capital One returned October 10-13, 2019 with 80 events at locations throughout the “City that Never Sleeps.” NYCWFF took a bite out of the Big Apple for its 12th year hosting programs including: tastings, dinners, brunches and late-night parties all focusing on its mission to “Eat. Drink. End Hunger.”
NYCWFF has raised over $12.5 million dollars to help fight hunger in America and the five boroughs of NYC. 100% of the net proceeds from the festival benefit Food Bank of New York City and the No Kid Hungry campaign. Funds donated to these hunger-relief programs are changing lives. Celebrity Chef and Food Personality, Rachael Ray expresses her passion behind participating in the festival, “The main purpose of the entire weekend is not just to eat and drink. We are raising funds to help feed people. That feeds your soul.” Food Bank of NYC provides nearly 58 million free meals for New Yorkers yearly. No Kid Hungry targets childhood hunger by working with schools nationwide to incorporate breakfast into the regular school day schedule, provide summer meals through schools and community centers as well as organize after school programs that nourish the mind and body.
Grand Tasting Event
Food, wine and spirit lovers attended the Grand Tasting presented by Shop Rite. Located at Pier 94, the 130,000 square foot event venue transformed into the ultimate foodie smorgasbord with unlimited tastings from top NYC restaurants paired with samples of hundreds of wines and spirits from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits vendors. Ticket purchases included culinary demonstrations from over 20 chefs with an impressive celebrity chef roster of well-known talent like Andrew Zimmern, Katie Lee, Duff Goldman, Robert Irvine, Masaharu Morimoto and Rachael Ray at the IKEA kitchen stages inside the Grand Tasting. Guests enjoyed Q & A sessions as well as the opportunity to participate onstage and be in the company of their favorite chefs.
Four Roses Bourbon’s Broadway Brunch
Broadway and Brunch came together in perfect harmony at the Four Roses Bourbon’s Broadway Tastes presented by iHeartRadio at Metropolitan West. Hosted by Tony award winner, Alex Brightman with special guest, Randy Rainbow, the walk-around brunch paired gourmet bites, beer, wine and cocktails with showtunes. Guests enjoyed live performances from actors currently starring in hit Broadway musicals like Beetlejuice, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls and Come from Away while local chefs cooked up fall inspired comfort food dishes like apple strudel, roadhouse chili, shrimp and grits, sliders, corned beef hash and eggs, and butternut squash risotto.
With 50,000 attendees to date, the NYCWFF has earned the status of the largest wine and food festival in New York City. The one-day event that began in 2007 and has since expanded to gastronomical proportions presenting four days of sipping and sampling across the city. The NYCWFF is a beacon for all that possess an insatiable appetite, appreciate gourmet dining experiences, and admire the talents of the country’s top chefs and hospitality leaders.
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